I know this is completely off-topic, but I hope you will endulge me in a brief rant.
First of all, I love facebook. I have really enjoyed getting back in touch with people I hadn’t seen in years, and staying in closer touch with my friends-in-real-life. The people I know on facebook are a witty, warm bunch, and it’s quite entertaining to read what they have to say. That said, there are a few kinds of status updates that really get to me.
You might be bothered by the people who update every little thing they do: “Fluffy McMuffin is having her morning coffee. Fluffy McMuffin is on the bus to work. Fluffy McMuffin had a great salad for lunch.” Those kinds of status updates don’t bother me at all. I read fast; I can move on quickly.
There are a few status updates that stick in my craw. So, a message to a few facebook types:
To my colleagues at work: It makes me feel really uncomfortable to read your constant complaints. I’m so sorry you hate your job. I love mine, and I love where we work, and I wish you’d keep your bitterness to yourself.
To the young teachers at my school: It surprises me that you would be so negative on facebook, given that you do not yet have tenure. Do you realize how bad you look when you keep complaining and posting defensive status updates about your teaching? Be professional, please. Keep an open mind, remember that while you may have talent, you haven’t got the years of experience that the rest of us do, and be open to learning new things.
To my wealthy friends and relatives: In an uncertain economy, it is somewhat shocking that you would keep posting updates about your frequent vacations to exotic locations, not to mention how you spent almost $500 on party favors alone for your child’s birthday party. I’m delighted that you have such good fortune, but wish you’d remember those of your friends who are experiencing great financial stress.
To the parents of my children’s friends: My child may never find out about it, but it kind of hurts my feelings on his behalf when you post about the parties and excursions that you take your child and his friends on, when my child was not included.
There. I feel better now. Thanks! (And feel free to add your own facebook irritations!)